Heroes, Real and Imagined

Posted by KC | 12/28/2016 03:23:00 PM | 0 comments »


STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
ACTION/FANTASY

PLOT:  The prequel to the most popular franchise in the world Star Wars: A New Hope.

                “We can be heroes” sings the late David Bowie and this is the film that proves it.  It tells how Princess Leia got the plans for the Death Star.  The movie has different nationalities and robots trying to save people from the evil Darth Vader and Grand Tarkin.  There are many Star Wars references.  The film is made for Star Wars fans.  It has action, humor and heart.  It is directed by Gareth Edwards, the same director who did Godzilla 2014.  He did an excellent job on this film.  Godzilla was good but it wasn’t this!  It is an amazing addition to the Star Wars movies.

HACKSAW RIDGE
HISTORICAL DRAMA

PLOT:  The incredible true story of WWII Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who refused to kill people won The Medal of Honor.

                Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield, Amazing Spiderman) who believes in God and loved his country he went to war in WWII but never killed the enemy but saved his fellow soldiers.  I have never seen a movie about war and faith in God in the same film in a long time.  The acting which including Garfiled, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Teresa Palmer and Vince Vaughn are nothing short of brilliant.  The battle scenes are violent to show how bad war truly is.  It is an Oscar contender for sure.  Mel Gibson directed it and Hollywood doesn’t like Gibson right now but the actor is many things but he can sure direct!

BASTILLE DAY aka THE TAKE
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  An unpredictable CIA agent and a pick pocket to stop a terrorist group.

                Sean (Idris Elba), a CIA agent and Michael (Richard Madden), a thief unwillingly join forces to stop terrorists on Bastille Day which is like our Independence Day in Paris.  The movie has plenty of action and a buddy flick. Idris Elba is great as a loose cannon operative who is usually right. The film was cancelled in France because of the real attacks.  It is a pity for it is very good if you like action-packed movies.



Miscellaneous Creature Features

Posted by KC | 12/11/2016 02:32:00 PM | 0 comments »


MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
MYSTERY/FANTASY

PLOT:  Young man by his grandfather finds an amazing world of kids with superpowers.

                Jake (Asa Butterfield, Ender’s Game) is a teen who doesn’t fit in the modern world but through events starting with his grandfather Abe(Terence Stamp) goes into a loop where he finds Miss Peregrine(Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire) and her small group of  children with amazing powers.  It is a wild ride!  The movie was based on a popular book and directed by Fantasy King himself Tim Burton.  It is worth watching if you read the book or want to see supernatural kids that are not related to a comic book.

STORKS
ANIMATED/FANTASY

PLOT:  Storks don’t deliver babies any more but packages like Amazon.

                Junior (Adam Samberg) wants to be the boss but his boss tells him he must fire a human, cute but clumsy girl Tulip (Kate Crown).  Junior places in the area where they use to deliver babies and you can image what happens.  The voice actors are great –even Samberg!  It has humor, heart like many animated movies of late. The animated films at time are better than live action!  It is definitely worth watching.

GODZILLA RESURGENCE
SCI-FI

PLOT:  The famous giant monster is rebooted yet again.

                Toho, the company that makes Godzilla movies constantly gives their “cash monster” out to Hollywood and when they do a poor job or make money they make one of their own.  This version of Godzilla is very well made and it has endless, endless and endless meetings how to stop the giant beast.  When Godzilla is on screen he is AMAZING!  He has new powers and he is the most realistic Godzilla EVER!  No man in a suit-CGI.  See this film if you are a Godzilla fan but you can wait, please wait for video.



Fantastic Fall Fantasy Arrivals

Posted by KC | 11/30/2016 07:42:00 PM | 0 comments »



FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
FANTASY

PLOT:  In 1926 a young man captures magical creatures from all over the world.

                Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything, Jupiter Rising) is a collector of mythical animals and stops in New York and things go astray beginning an adventure.  This film is FANTASTIC!  It is funny, sad, and romantic and the beasts are amazing.  It is written by JK Rowlings who wrote the Harry Potter books.  If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy this character Newt.  It is wonderful for ALL ages.

TROLLS
ANIMATED/FANTASY/MUSICAL

PLOT:  A Troll princess must save her friends.

                Poppy (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) is a princess and the happiest of Trolls but the scary Bergens must eat trolls to be happy so the evil Chef ( Christine Baranski) captures some so Poppy and the unhappiest of Trolls Branch (Justin Timberlake) go on a journey. It is a very cheerful movie kids and adults will enjoy it.

ARRIVAL 2016
SCI-FI/DRAMA

PLOT: Twelve spaceships land on earth and a special squad must find out what it wants.

                Louise Banks (Amy Adams), linguistics (languages) and an elite force must try to understand the aliens and figure out what they want.  It is not an invasion movie and there is not much action.  It is not Independence Day: Resurgence so don’t expect that!  Amy Adams is a very good actress and she is very good in this film.  The film is based on short story but not by an American sci-fi writer but Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.” The movie is cerebral and very serious but if you want to see a different sci-fi film this is it!


Birth of a Strange Holiday Movie Season

Posted by KC | 11/08/2016 10:54:00 PM | 0 comments »


BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN
COMEDY/HORROR

PLOT:  What is scarier than Halloween?  When Madea shows the ghouls who’s the boss!

                Madea and friends have to keep her granddaughter from going to a frat Halloween party for she is only seventeen. She sneaks out anyway and Madea calls the cops.  The college students are angry for stopping the party and try to scare Madea.  That doesn’t work out well.  If you seen Tyler Perry’s Madea movies you know what to expect; lots of stereotypes, jokes and a moral story.

BIRTH OF A NATION
HISTORICAL DRAMA

PLOT:  The story of Nat Turner, a slave, a preacher and a rebel in the antebellum South.

                Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is a slave and he can read the bible so his master for money lets Nat preach to other slaves to keep them in line.  His wife is brutally raped and beaten but when he baptizes a white man in the plantation he is whipped to unconscious.  He sees visions he should kill his slave owner and many others. The movie is powerful and the acting and directing is great. The background story of the movie is more interesting than the film itself.  It took producer and director Nate Parker ten years for the movie to be made.  

Fox Searchlight spent seventeen million to have it then Nate Parker was acquitted of rape in his college years and the victim committed suicide.  Many people think that was the reason why the movie is not making money because of the controversy.  No one ever ask maybe African Americans don’t want to see another slave movie!!  Black people want to see themselves in a successful, productive light between a slave film, gangster film or a Tyler Perry movie.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  Jack Reacher finds out a friend is in trouble in government.

                Jack (Tom Cruise) uses his skills to save a friend and he uses his strength and skill to do it.  The movie is action packed.  Cobie Smulders (Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) is a great female action babe.  Patrick Heusinger as The Hunter the evil assassin and typecast bad guy Robert Knepper as General Harkness.  If you like Tom Cruise and action this is a good movie.

DOCTOR STRANGE
ACTION/FANTASY
  
PLOT: Origin of Marvels’ latest comic book character

                Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness) is a talented yet arrogant neurosurgeon who is in an tragic accident and his hands are crushed.  He goes through his savings to meet the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to restore his hands but he turns into a magical superhero. This film is great!  Cumberbatch is perfect as Strange and Swinton is good as the Ancient One but in the comic the character was Asian.  Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) is good as Mordo Strange trainer and Mads Mikkelsen as the evil Kacecilus who is not in the film enough!  The special effects are very psychedelic –if you can watch it in 3D please do to make it more strange!

Magnificent Remakes, Chocolate Lifetime

Posted by KC | 10/14/2016 08:43:00 AM | 0 comments »



MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
WESTERN

PLOT: A remake of the classic film.

In the 1960 movie a Spanish village is oppressed by an outlaw gang and seven gunslingers help. This version it is a baron who wants the town’s gold and Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Ruffo and Martin Sensmeier are the diverse cast to bring him down. Yes, there is a lot of action, lots of inaccuracies and the signature music is there near the end but it is so entertaining.

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
THRILLER

PLOT: Loving, rich couple lets pretty young woman has their child.

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut, Rosewood, The Best Man and Regina Hall, Best Man Holiday) cannot have children so they find a surrogate woman Ann Walsh (Jaz Sinclair)to have their baby but they don’t know the woman is in love with John and she is crazy. The good: The movie shows African-American couple are affectionate and successful. The bad: It is a Lifetime movie dipped in chocolate! You know what is going to happen you just don’t know when. If you enjoying paying to see love, babies and killings you should see this otherwise wait for it to come on well-Lifetime!

PHANTASM RAVAGER
FANTASY/HORROR

PLOT: The final movie of the popular franchise.

Reggie (Reggie Bannister), Mike (Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) the original heroes in the first movie join forces to stop Jebediah Morningside aka The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a dimensional hopping demon! The movie like the first makes no sense at all but it is like a nightmare. A nightmare makes no sense yet it scares you and you remember it and this film does that. It is low budget but at least it was made to satisfy the fans. I do believe this is the final film for Angus Scrimm did pass away. If you are a fan go watch this movie!